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Energy use in houses and buildings and sustainable consumption

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Energy consumption is obviously a key issue for sustainability, primarily because it depletes non-renewable fossil fuels, produces carbon dioxide (CO2) and other pollution. As climate change is becoming a key political issue, and as oil prices rise, society has become acutely aware of this issue. Also, as a limited resource, energy can become a major source of conflict (for example in the Middle East), which is another direct threat to sustainability. Energy is a special issue because it is a key input to almost all other consumptions and production processes. Energy is therefore a crucial parameter controlling growth and determining many aspects of human activity in general. Modifications in energy demand or supply will cause indirect impacts in many other domains. For example, raised prices for energy tend to make activities more local through raising the costs of transportation. This chapter was published in Lahlou, Saadi, ed. (2010) System innovation for sustainability 4. Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, UK. ISBN 9781906093259.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33477/

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